The government posted an P11.2- billion deficit in October, a little lower than the P11.7-billion for the same period of last year, after expenditures surpassed revenues for the month, a government press release said.
Data released by the Bureau of the Treasury yesterday showed that total collection in the 10th month of this year was flat year-on-year at P134.3 billion while expenditures were little changed at P145.5 billion from year-ago’s P146 billion.
This brought the year-to-date budget gap to P112.5 billion, three percent lower than the P115.6-billion for the same period last year.
LTFRB to go after
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is launching a drive against public utility drivers who refuse to take passengers especially during rush hours this Yuletide season, LTFRB Region 6 Director Romulo Bernardes, said yesterday.
Bernardes said the drive, called as “Oplan Isnabero”, has already been implemented in other areas in the country and has resulted in the apprehension of about a hundred of taxi drivers.
He said that usually, during rush hours, taxi drivers will not run their meters and instead fix a rate for passengers, which he said is a violation of their franchise, agreement with the LTFRB.
DAR launches Cpwash
The Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental launched yesterday the community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene, a low-cost technology that guarantees continuous flow of clean water in rural communities in Brgy. Baga-as, Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental.
Lucresia Taberna Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer for Southern Negros, said Cpwash is a joint project of DAR and the Philippine Center for water and sanitation which began in 2007.
Taberna said DAR allotted P157,000 for this project, P50,000 of which was used for the purchase of sanitation facilities to be installed in existing water sources.